Definition of episcopate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈpɪskəpət/
Pronunciation: /ɛˈpɪskəpət/


1The office of a bishop.
Example sentences
  • If the episcopate * as an office * is the problem then what are we saying?
  • A person is ordained into the historic episcopate, but does not ‘receive’ it.
  • Instead it called for ‘further theological study on the episcopate, focusing on the issues that need to be addressed in preparation for the debate on women in the episcopate of the Church of England’.
1.1 (the episcopate) The bishops of a church or region collectively.
Example sentences
  • Furthermore, no single policy emanated from the government because of the individualism of licensors, and of divisions within the episcopate, and between James and the leading churchmen.
  • For him, conciliarism was essentially a teaching about the shared responsibility of the whole episcopate, whether gathered in council or scattered in the dioceses.


Mid 17th century: from ecclesiastical Latin episcopatus 'made a bishop', from episcopus 'bishop', from Greek episkopos 'overseer' (see bishop).

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